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Iran: Karroubi slams government campaign to vilify opposition

Source: Mir Hossein Mousavi's facebook

Mehdi Karroubi in an interview with Etemad-Melli Newspaper (an underground newspaper run by reformist activists in absence of free conventional media) strongly criticized actions of the totalitarian government in foreign policies and the increasing isolation of the country by the international community, as well as in social and economic policies.

Mehdi Karroubi

Karroubi said: "The government has initiated establishing the culture of lying in the society and has established obsequiousness and flattery as one of the ways of managing the country."

A directive sent out to mosque authorities calls on presenters of Ashura and Muharram ceremonies to describe the dimensions of the post-election protests of 2009 which the establishment refers to as "sedition." According to this directive, the sermons are to include "elucidation of the different forms of confronting the soft war waged by the enemy."

The Islamic Republic claims the reform movement which has been trying to make gradual changes in the Islamic Republic through social and media activities is in fact a soft war to topple the system.
(source: Zamaneh)

Karroubi also reminded: "In foreign affairs, the outcome of this government has been the fact that the vice-president of Comoros (a small archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean) promises [his countrymen] that if elected he will break all ties between his country and Iran and even it gets so bad that the ambassador of this country says that reopening the embassy in Iran has cost his country greatly. Moreover, the small country of the Gambia broke ties with Iran and ordered all Iranians and citizens of Iran who were working for the government of Iran in the Gambia to evacuate this country within 48 hours."

Mehdi Karroubi added: "We should also point out the case of Nigeria. No official has yet given an explanation about the Nigerians report to the UN regarding the [illegal] weapon trade [by Iran] and about the export of narcotics from Iran to that country."

Karroubi continued: "On top of all these humiliations and embarrassments, everyday there is a resolution passed against Iran and those officials, who call the [UN] resolutions scrap paper and consider no value for them and even ask for more resolutions, seem to have forgotten that after the Iraq's imposed war on Iran, it was a UN resolution that called Saddam invader and protected Iran's rights and made us happy and satisfied for this recognition even with delay. How is it that now all the resolutions that have devastating economical effects on Iran are forgotten so easily and set aside? It is obvious that they have no idea about the pain and suffering of the people."

He also added: "People's trust in each other has faded and the culture of lie, trickery, and deception has become prominent in the society."

Karroubi also criticized the government's directive to mosques to make false comparisons between the events of last year and the events of Karbala where Imam Hossein (the third Imam of Shi'a) was martyred by the ruling tyrant government of the time, and the comments of one of the government's appointed Friday prayer Imams for Tehran; and warned the government that: "Making these kinds of comparisons and tying events together will become the permission for any kind of crime by some shallow minded people in the society or even may cause deception and mistake in some religious and faithful youths of the country."

... Payvand News - 12/12/10 ... --

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